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I was just wondering why there is almost nothing on this site or other hunting sites, about deer hunting with dogs. That is just

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  • I was just wondering why there is almost nothing on this site or other hunting sites, about deer hunting with dogs. That is just

    I was just wondering why there is almost nothing on this site or other hunting sites, about deer hunting with dogs. That is just the way it is done around here, doggi-style. Lets hear it from the houndsmen.

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    Every now and then you see an article about it.likely written by someone who's never tried. Many people believe its unethical ,however, I see it more ethical than stand hunting. At least with dogs the deer knows its in danger and to run to water. Stand hunting they are just enjoying the day trying to get some food.

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    • #3
      I grew up with deer hunting with dogs back in the fifties and sixties and had some great times and killed a lot of deer. When stand hunting and planting food plots began to get popular, it started to get harder and harder to find tracts of land large enough to hunt with dogs without making some stand hunters mad. As the majority of hunters became stand hunters, the AL legislature passed laws regulating dog hunting and the practice is dwindling away. I'll have to say that a stand killed deer is a lot tastier than one that has been run across two sections.

      If you want a perfect description of an Alabama deer drive from back in the seventies, read the first chapter of Tom Kelly's book, "The Tenth Legion". I've re-read it dozens of times and it still makes me laugh until my sides hurt.

      I'm not about to get into the ethics of dog vs. stand hunting. I prefer stand hunting because I can do it on my own, but I agree that dogs will get out those old mossy-horn bucks that never move in the daytime. If you've got the ground to dog hunt, go for it.

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      • #4
        I don't know about other states, but in Mt. it is illegal to pursue big game with dogs.

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        • #5
          Hunting deer with dogs is illegal in Iowa as well. I think there are a limited number of states that do allow it. I guess if the state says it is legal then the ethics question is answered by that fact.

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          • #6
            lol. it's been years since I CHASED DEER with dogs and I LIKED IT.A LOT DIFFERENT THAN STAND HUNTING ,So as long as its legal in your state why not?

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            • #7
              I forgot to mention we used horses' and tried to rope'm.

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              • #8
                Illegal in MO.

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                • #9
                  William Falkners "Race at Morning" is a great short story about deer dogs. I have read it several times, bettter every time I read it.

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                  • #10
                    I do both here in Florida but mostly stand hunt because I can't afford hunting club membership. I can tell you both methods are ethical and definitely fair chase. Trying to stand hunt these small deer in our vast thickets is quite challenging at times, but wiley old bucks can still easily escape the dogs.

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